GARY (CHRIS) CHRISTOPHERSON has worked on national issues on health and human service strategy, policy, systems, models, performance, reform and management and on reducing vulnerability. Currently, he is independently developing strategy, management, policy and performance models and tools for creating, managing and sustaining large scale change and building a better and preferably thriving future. (www.ThrivingFuture.org www.ThriveEndeavor.org www.AllThriveForever.org) This draws from 30 years of experience in creating, managing, evaluating and sustaining large scale change at national and local levels in public and private sectors. He published 1)Thrive! - Building a Thriving Future, a manual for creating and sustaining change and building a better, thriving future and 2) the People’s Guide To A Thriving Future, in both “Quick Guide” and “Complete Guide” versions, to help you and your family and friends, community, country and world survive and thrive..
Over his career, he has served in many senior leadership, management and policymaking positions, including with organizations with multi-billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees. His experience includes: Senior Fellow, National Academy for Public Administration; Senior Advisor to Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director for the Quality Improvement Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS; Senior Advisor to Under Secretary, Veterans Health Administration, VA; Senior Fellow and Scholar-In-Residence, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; Chief Information Officer, Veterans Health Administration, VA; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretaries for Health and Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense; Associate Director, Presidential Personnel, Executive Office of the President, White House; Director of Health Legislation, House Select Committee on Aging, U.S. House of Representatives; and Deputy Director, Municipal Health Services Program (funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at John Hopkins Medical Institutions); and Special Projects Director, City of Milwaukee Health Department.
He is a sculptor of abstract art, focusing on mobile and stabile sculptures and having created over 150 sculptures. (www.GChris.com)
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and did doctoral work in health policy and management at the John Hopkins University School of Public Health.
The Thrive! Center, home of Thrivism, Thrive! Endeavor, HealthePeople and GChris Sculpture, is on Mississippi River bluffside in restored 1885 farmhouse and barn above Village of Nelson (WI). It is surrounded by Thrive! Park, a 25+ acre, bluff side, public park donated by Chris.
What can you do at The Thrive! Center?
Thrive! Discuss and strategize our future. Extinction? Just surviving? Thriving? Maybe “all thrive forever”? Maybe you join Thrive! Endeavor.
Thrivism. Learn about Thrivism and being a Thrivist who helps to build thriving future for all. Thrivism is path to, belief in, and vision of thriving future.
HealthePeople. Discuss and strategize achieving healthy people. Best personal, community or country health system?
Thrive! Sculpture by GChris. Tour Studio/Gallery. Interact with 200+ sculptures. Movement. Sounds. Payments go to Thrive! Scholarship.
Thrive! Park. See great views of Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Walk/hike bluff side/top roads and trails. Explore goat prairie restoration.
Historic 1885 Era Bluffside Farm. Tour renovated/restored house, barn and beehouse with views of Mississippi River and bluff.
You can be a Thrivist by helping build thriving future for our whole world. Start by building a better future for your family and friends. Start with a better future for your community. Start with your country.
Start with who and what you care about and move from vulnerable to surviving to thriving. Thrivism.world
Thrivism and Thrive!, a thriving future, is different and arguably better than anything tried or achieved in human history.
Not just getting by or achieving a surviving future. A surviving future is necessary but not sufficient.
It is this future for all people and all future generations, a “50+ generation” strategy. Not just for some people or just for the current and next generation. It is this future forever, a 1000+ year strategy.
Not just a single issue (even large ones like climate change) or parts of a person, community, country or world. It is the “whole”, the combination of all issues addressed for a person, community, country and world.
Not just for people. It is also for Earth on which we live and depend, not just for people.